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Alabama Springers and Cockers 

Historically, Cocker Spaniels and Springer Spaniels were part of the same breed, with puppies being categorized based on their size. The larger pups were designated as Springer Spaniels, while the smaller ones were named Cocker Spaniels, which were used to hunt woodcocks.
It wasn't until the early 1900s that Springers and Cockers were officially recognized as distinct breeds. (source:

They Appear in 16th Century Art

There are numerous paintings of dogs from the 16th century that resemble English Springer Spaniels, despite the fact that they may not have been known by the name "Springer Spaniel" at the time.

There Are Two Types of Springers: Bench and Field

English Springer Spaniels are classified into two types: bench and field.
Although the AKC breed standard does not distinguish between the two types, there are some significant differences.
Because he is intended for the show ring, the bench type has a longer, thicker coat with more feathering.
Because the field type is bred for hunting, he has a lighter coat and a docked tail.

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Best in Show Dog Appearance

English Springer Spaniels have won the third highest number of Best in Show awards at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, as a breed. They have earned a total of six titles, trailing behind Scottish Terriers with eight and Wire Fox Terriers with fourteen.

William Wallace Likely Owned a Springer Spaniel

During the late 13th century First War of Scottish Independence, William Wallace served as the commander of the Scottish army. As history tells us, Wallace owned a pet spaniel named Merlin, who accompanied him into the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. While it would have been too early to identify Merlin as an English Springer Spaniel, it is highly likely that Wallace owned a spaniel breed that would eventually evolve into the English Springer Spaniel.

Many Celebrities Have Owned Springers

Spot, an English Springer Spaniel, was owned by George W. Bush, while Millie was the pet of George H.W. Bush. In addition to these former U.S. Presidents, other notable individuals who have owned English Springer Spaniels include Princess Grace and Oprah Winfrey.

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Overall English Springer Evaluation

When evaluating an English Springer Spaniel, it is important to consider the overall picture. This includes looking for type, which involves the dog's general appearance and outline, as well as for soundness, which includes movement and temperament. A dog with a smooth, balanced gait is highly valued, but not at the expense of overlooking the breed's defining characteristics.

While an atypical dog that moves well may be tempting, it should not be preferred over a well-rounded specimen that may have minor movement faults. It is crucial to remember that the English Springer Spaniel is primarily a sporting dog of the Spaniel family, and as such, must exhibit the proper character, behavior, and movement. (source:

Height and Weight

20 inches 50lbs MALE

19 Inches 40lbs FEMALE

Life Expectancy 

Both Male and Females
12 to 14 years

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The Neck

The neck is moderately long, muscular, clean and slightly arched at the
crest. It blends gradually and smoothly into sloping shoulders. 

Topline and Body

The portion of the topline from
withers to tail is firm and slopes very gently.

The body is short-coupled, strong and compact.

The chest is deep, reaching the level of the elbows, with well-developed forechest; however, it is not
so wide or round as to interfere with the action of the front legs. Ribs are fairly long, springing
gradually to the middle of the body, then tapering as they approach the end of the ribbed section.

The underline stays level with the elbows to a slight upcurve at the flank. The back is straight,
strong and essentially level. Loins are strong, short and slightly arched.

The Hips and Tail

Hips are nicely-rounded,
blending smoothly into the hind legs. The croup slopes gently to the set of the tail, and tail-set
follows the natural line of the croup.

The tail is carried horizontally or slightly elevated and
displays a characteristic lively, merry action, particularly when the dog is on game. A clamped
tail (indicating timidity or undependable temperament) is to be faulted, as is a tail carried at a
right angle to the backline in Terrier fashion. (

Plenty of Exercise

We take pride in our unparalleled breeding method, which provides your future English Springer with the best of what nature has to offer. Our dogs enjoy daily exercise and play in an open farm-like environment, ensuring they are well-rounded companions whether you want a bird hunting dog or a family pet.

The English Springer was originally bred for game bird detection in tall grass or bramble, flushing out the birds from their hiding places, and retrieving them. According to breed literature, Springers will tirelessly work all day in the field, and then happily retire to the company of their family after a good day's hunt.

As pets, our Springers become our best friends, always by our side and providing the best facial expressions that seem to empathize with our moods. They receive plenty of family interaction as well as outdoor play, ensuring they are well-trained and ready for an exciting future with their new families.

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About the Breed

The English Springer Spaniel, with its endearing face and affectionate nature, is a highly energetic and intelligent bird dog. Its versatility as a hunting companion is greatly appreciated by sport hunters who value the breed's ability to serve as both well-behaved pets during the week and reliable hunting partners on weekends.

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The Breed that's Built Strong

Built for long days in the field, English Springer Spaniels are tough, muscular hunters standing 19 to 20 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 40 and 50 pounds. 

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Truly our Best Friend!

English Springers were specifically bred to work in close collaboration with humans, making them highly trainable and eager to please. These social dogs thrive on companionship and become unhappy when neglected. They are well-mannered and get along well with children and other animals.

Springers are always keen to participate in family activities, whether it's going for long walks, playing games of chase and fetch, or taking a swim. These hardy spaniels enjoy being active and have a zest for life.

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English Springer Spaniels are a breed of dog that are known for their energetic and lively nature. They have a friendly and sociable temperament, and they tend to get along well with people and other animals. These dogs thrive on human interaction and are always eager to please their owners.

One of the things that English Springer Spaniels love to do is play fetch. They have a natural instinct to retrieve and love chasing after balls, sticks, or other objects. A game of fetch in the park is a great way to give your Springer exercise and entertainment.

In addition to playing fetch, English Springer Spaniels are also bred for their hunting abilities. They are skilled at flushing out birds from their hiding places and retrieving downed birds. Taking your Springer on a field hunt can be an excellent way to bond with your dog while also engaging in an activity that is both mentally and physically stimulating for them.

Overall, English Springer Spaniels are versatile dogs that enjoy a wide range of activities, from playing fetch in the park to going on field hunts. With their vivacious and sociable nature, these dogs make excellent companions for people of all ages and lifestyles.

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Double Coated

The English Springer's double coat boasts a variety of colors and patterns, while their long and lush ears, and kind, trusting eyes are treasured characteristics of the breed. These dogs move gracefully with a smooth, ground-covering stride.

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